How Affiliate Links Work
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An affiliate link is unique to each affiliate. Usually, affiliates share their own affiliate link on their own site / social media / email promotions.
When the affiliates’ readers / followers click on the link, they are redirected to a pre-configured page, which is often the sales page for the product. (This works differently than a regular redirect because AccessAlly saves a cookie identifying which affiliate sent the traffic.)
Whenever a purchase is made on your AccessAlly site, AccessAlly will check for the cookie and record the affiliate commission accordingly.
(Note: If a client clicks on multiple affiliate links, the cookie from the most recent one is used.)
After setting up your affiliate tier(s), you can start creating links for your affiliates to use.
As you create the links (and add them to a page for your affiliates to grab), three things will happen automatically:
- AccessAlly will display the links dynamically, so each affiliate only sees their own unique link
- AccessAlly will track the traffic that comes to the site through the affiliate links
- If any orders are placed through traffic that comes from affiliate links, AccessAlly will attribute the commission percentage to the correct affiliate.
How to Create Your Affiliate Links
Step 1: Add New Affiliate Link
Each affiliate link must be created separately, by going to: AccessAlly > Affiliate > Link Setup. Then, click on the navy blue Add new Affiliate Link button.
Step 2: Name Your Affiliate Link
Next, name your link something descriptive.
Step 3: Designate Your URL
Now, type in the URL that you would like the link to lead to. Click Save Changes.
This URL can be to ANY website, including websites that do not have AccessAlly installed on them. For example, you could link to your main website even though you have AccessAlly installed on a subdomain.
You can create affiliate links for blog posts, sales pages, opt-in pages, and even a Facebook page or post.
AccessAlly will track the cookie for the referral partner for the amount of time specified in your affiliate tier settings… so as long as this person purchases on the same computer within this timeframe, the affiliate sale will be recorded.
Step 4: Add New Affiliate Link to Page
Once your link is saved, you can add it to a page via shortcode. To do this, open up the page you want to add the link to (or create a new one, if necessary).
Then, use the AccessAlly shortcode adder to select the correct affiliate link from the dropdown, as in the screenshot below.
Once logged in, each affiliate will see their own unique URL here.